Florida Baseball Ranch

Warning: Connection Ball Vandals Could End Your Baseball Career

by Randy Sullivan
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We get banged on a lot on the internet about our TAP connection balls. If you aren’t familiar with the connection ball, it’s pretty simple. It’s a yellow inflatable ball that has a little texture to the skin. We use it as a tool to create feel and feed the mistake on a few different arm action inefficiencies. We blend it into a series of drills designed to elicit more efficient, powerful, and durable movement patterns. How did we start using them? As the story goes, Coach Ron Wolforth, of the Texas Baseball Ranch was working with Ranch vet, Cody Springer […]

Google Roulette? Are You Wiling To Risk It?

by Randy Sullivan
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When my oldest son was a senior in high school and experiencing the heartbreak of being overlooked by college recruiters because he didn’t throw hard enough, I asked nearly every baseball guy I knew how to teach velocity. Most had the same answer – one that parroted the words of the most well known pitching “guru” of the time. “You can’t throw harder than your genetics will allow.” In other words, if you didn’t win the genetic lottery you could never hope to be a member of the rare club of high velocity throwers. It was elitism at its finest. “Hard […]

Client Testimonials

by Randy Sullivan
Here’s what our clients have to say about the Florida Baseball Ranch:   Parent of a High School Player ” I honestly feel like this is the best money I’ve spent on my son’s baseball training. If knowledge is power, this has been like an 800 lb gorillas. This feels like teaching my son to fish.” – Todd L. Alachua, FL High School Coach “As a high school coach attending this weekends camp, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have been to clinics all around the south and spoken with numerous college staffs in the past about everything that […]

Stop Looking For Diagnosis and Cause and Start Looking For Dysfunction and Contributors

by Randy Sullivan
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Yesterday we had a 17 year-old right-handed pitcher in from Colorado for a Precision Strike 1 Day Evaluation and Training Session. We’ll call him Cole. Cole loves pitching. He’s pretty good, according to his mom, and his dream is to pitch in college some day. But last, January, he began to experience severe, debilitating biceps pain. As usual, the immediate response from the medical professionals was to shut down all throwing and rest. After resting for 6 weeks, he started throwing again, and of course, his arm started hurting again. He spent the summer getting MRIs of his shoulder and […]

I Was a Savage!!

by Randy Sullivan
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About 2 years ago we hired a legit dynamo in our physical therapy clinic. For the interview, my CFO/COO, Amy and I met her at the pizza restaurant across the street from our physical therapy clinic. We wanted to do the interview on the down low since we really didn’t have any positions to fill, and we saw no need to get our current employees riled up or worried about their won job security. We interview potential employees constantly, looking for rock stars to add to our team. Our approach is to load our train with electric team members, then […]

You’ll Conquer Jupiter… And No One Will Care

by Randy Sullivan
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This weekend, hundreds of high school players from all over the country will descend on Jupiter, FL for the Perfect Game WWBA world championships. For a small minority, it will be one of the greatest weekends of their baseball lives. They’ll light up the radar guns. College and pro scouts will be clamoring for their attention. They’ll be offered scholarships. They’ll be asked to fill out draft questionairres. The Perfect Game bloggers will write about how great they are. But for most, it will be an entirely different story. Some will perform very well. They’ll pitch their teams to victory, […]

Can Poor Scapular Control Lead to a Labrum or a UCL Tear? You Bet

by Randy Sullivan
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Throughout the pitching movement the stability of the scaps is incredibly important, but during the last few milliseconds as the ball is released, the ability to control the scapula becomes vital to the health and durability of the shoulder and the elbow. When a pitcher propels his arm forward, downward, and inward through ball release an entire team of scapular depressors and retractors must work together to resist long axis distraction of the humerus and elevation of the humeral head keeping the ball in the socket.  The scapular, thoracic and humeral stabilizers must work eccentrically, producing tension as the muscles […]

Shut It Down Or Keep Throwing? Maybe There’s an Alternative

by Randy Sullivan
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As the MLB playoffs come to an end, college fall programs wrap up and travel ball culminates its season with the big WWBA National Championship in Jupiter, pitchers and position players alike are faced with tough decisions about their training this fall/winter. The “shut it down” police and the “just keep throwing” crowd are out in full force and the debate is raging. One side demands absolute avoidance of all throwing for 2-3 months to allow the UCL, the anterior shoulder capsule and other connective tissue to tighten down and regain passive stiffness after being stressed and stretched throughout the season. […]

Forget Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Pitching

by Randy Sullivan
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Last weekend we hosted another Elite Performers Bootcamp. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the weather was fantastic. We didn’t take much of a hit here, but our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina who were more severely impacted. During the morning session of day 1, we completed each player’s physical assessment and video analysis. One of the pitchers I evaluated (we’ll call him John) was a tall lefty with robotic, boxy mechanics. When he stepped on the mound for his video it was clear that he had been heavily coached and had […]

Hitting and Chick-Fil-A Sauce: More Is Not Better

by Randy Sullivan
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I’ve never met a single person who doesn’t like Chick-fil-a.   Indeed, if you’re not a fan of Chick-fil-a, I don’t think we can hang out together. I love it. And their customer service is impeccable. I love how at the end of every exchange they close with “It’s my pleasure.” I think that is the coolest corporate culture concept ever. I had a high school pitcher in a few months ago for a Precision Strike, and when I thanked him for allowing me the privilege of working with him he smiled and replied, “It’s my pleasure.” I hugged him. […]